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Harrell resurfaces ShotSpotter, seeks other surveillance tools in Seattle

October 9, 2023

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell is pushing for increased public safety technology, proposing a $1.8 million pilot project that would fund acoustic gunshot detection, among other technologies. The plan, which is still in the early stages of development, would be funded through salary savings from unfilled positions within the police department. Our own Ralph Clark, is quoted in the piece describing the critical value of ShotSpotter, “When cops know exactly where shots were fired, they can do a lot more to respond to criminal gunfire that often goes unreported, because this week’s stop sign shooting can be next week’s homicide.”